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Thai Crunch Salad

I've been seeing a lot of salads using broccoli slaw lately and they all look so good.  I've been trying to find one using a little less oil or mayo.  I wasn't able to find one that I really wanted to try so I made my own using all the ingredients I love in a crunchy salad.  The recipe below for the salad is for one serving, so you can easily multiply it.  The recipe for the dressing is two servings.

For the salad you will need:

6 oz broccoli slaw
1 apple (I used Gala)
10 almonds, chopped
1 oz cilantro leaves, chopped
1 green onion sprig, chopped

For the dressing you will need:

1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
4 tbsp red wine vinegar (or rice vinegar if you have it)
1 tsp sriracha sauce
1/2 tsp sesame seed oil for flavor
juice from half a lime

So first, you'll need to get chopping.  I made little match sticks out of the apple, skin on.  Then add the apples, cilantro, green onion and almonds to the broccoli slaw.  That's pretty much it for the salad portion.

Then, in a seperate bowl add the peanut butter.  Zap it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute to soften it if you need to.  Add the soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, sesame seed oil and lime juice to the bowl and combine well with a wisk or fork until smooth.  And that's it for the dressing part of it.

Now, just pour half of the dressing (remember, this recipe makes two servings) over the salad and mix.  Top with a lime wedge to make it pretty.

It is so delicious. The almonds give it a nice crunch and apples give it a nice sweetness.  And get this... This whole salad, which is a mountain on my plate, is approximately 302 calories!  Yes, please :) Enjoy!

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Note to self...

Today, my coach posted this on our group page...

"One thing I often practice is visualization. Whether it's running a race or doing a workout, I always visual the finish before I start. Where do you want to be in 30, 60, 90 days? How do you look or how do you feel? Write it down into a paragraph and write it in the present tense. Share if you dare. It's powerful!"

This is my response...


Meet Capri, my new BFF

Raleigh Capri 3.0

After I completed my first triathlon last summer, I knew I was hooked.  I had no idea that I'd ever want to compete in one, but why wouldn't I?  I was a natural swimmer, I had just started to enjoy running and, biking... Well, how hard can it be?

I didn't have a road bike, but a friend of mine let me borrow one of her bikes, a hybrid bike.  I didn't get much outdoor training due to weather or time.  But I thought that the bike portion of the race would be relatively, I don't want to say easy, but do-able.  Ha!

Where I made fantastic time on the swim (41st of about 280), I lost it all in the bike portion.  I don't blame the bike.  I blame those damn hills!  No, I'm kidding.  But I do think I may have done somewhat better if I did have a road bike.  Your body just sits on it differently.

So, since I knew I'd be doing more triathlons in the future, we started to really consider buying a road bike.  They are not cheap, and quite an investment.  But what better to invest in, than my health?  I'm so excited to start training for this June's triathlon on my new ride :)


Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Are you on Pinterest. I love Pinterest!! This morning as I was browsing, I noticed (and repinned) a bunch of my friend Christina's pins for healthy things to eat.  This was one of them...

Chicken Fajitas.  How easy is this?!

First, I cut up both red and white onion and some mini bell peppers.  I sprayed the bottom of the pot with cooking spray, tossed in the veggies and seasoned with a little salt and pepper.

Then, I added some chicken breast and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and lemon zest (the recipe called for lime juice, but I don't have any lime on hand and I always have lemons).  I added about a cup of chicken broth, too, just so it doesn't get dried out.

And that's it!  Cover and set on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.  I happen to see this recipe at 9:00 am so I'm going for low and slow.

See you at 5:00 :)


P90X Day 30

Whaaat? The first 30 days of P90X are done? That's cah-razy, considering the first time I tried this I only finished two weeks.  That's because the first two weeks are the hardest.  But I think I remember reading somewhere one time that since humans are creatures of habit it takes about 14-21 days of doing something to get used to it. Also, my awesome Beachbody coach, Rhonda, posted something on Facebook the other day that read...

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

So true.  It has become a habit.  Even for my kids, "Mom, are we going to the basement now so you can do your workout?"  So, how do I look after 30 days?  The changes are subtle, but there are changes.  I've noticed some trimming in the waist and toner arms.  I still have a way to go, 60 days to be exact, but I'm getting there.